February Fishing Report

FEBRUARY

Striped bass at Lake Sidney Lanier: Biologists and striped bass experts alike agree that this 38,000 acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir, located just 45 minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta and several miles north of I-985, still offers the best possibility for catching a huge striped bass during February. Most fishermen at Lanier have become infatuated with the use of rainbow trout to lure the big bass. Nevertheless, smaller lures and light tackle are still the most exciting method, and February is the best month to catch stripers actively feeding on huge schools of slow-moving shad.

How-to: Look for diving birds or large concentrations of shad during early morning or late evening. Some of the best baits for this action are 1/4 ounce white jigs or topwater lures like the Bill Lewis Spitfire or Shaggy Dawg.

Keys to success: FIat and Balus Creeks are always productive because of the higher fertility of the water. Main-lake areas from Lake Lanier Islands to Gainesville Marina on the Chattahoochee or to Boling Bridge on the Chestatee River arm are prime spots for "hot action"!

Contacts: Professional guide service and up-to-date fishing information are available by calling (770) 962-1241.

Largemouth bass at Lake West Point: By February, the bass at this lake are already into the "hot" pre-spawn action. Contact Jim Curtis at (706) 882-5570.

Crappie at Lake Weiss: This shallow impoundment warms fast, and the crappie action here can be dynamite during February. Contact the Coosa River Trading Post at (706) 234-5000.

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